Official BMW teaser pics show a 1-series M Coupe still under wraps in Paris

BMW has released these teaser pictures of its new 1-series M Coupe in Paris.

The BMW 1-series M Coupe had at one-time been expected to be launched at the show last week, but instead BMW will official reveal what’s being regarded as the spiritual successor to the original BMW M3 in full at next year’s Detroit motor show.

See the teaser pics of the BMW 1-series M Coupe

The teaser images reveal the partially covered car’s wider tracks and lower ride height. Large M division alloy wheels equipped with Michelin tyres fill its bulging wheel arches.

The pictures also reveal the car’s quad exhaust pipes and new diffuser at the rear, as well as its revised front styling including a new front bumper and air intakes. The front headlights are still disguised with tape, however.

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It will be powered by a lightly modified version of the twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight six from the Z4 sDrive35iS.

The M Coupe will boast somewhere in the region of 350bhp in production guise — around 50bhp more than the 135i upon which it is based.

Transmission options include a six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Transferring drive to the road is a lightly tweaked version of the M3’s M differential.

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7 October 2010

The 1M will i believe only be available in manual form and they are rumoured to only be building 3000 examples

7 October 2010

I so want one of those, God i hope its brilliant!!!!!!

7 October 2010

boring. another waste of materials needed to build one. just buy an m3.

7 October 2010

[quote rebelrob]

boring. another waste of materials needed to build one. just buy an m3.

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A used M3 maybe but it would cost you another £15-20k to get behind the wheel of a brand new one.

I hated the 1 series when it first came out but over time it has grown on me. I actually think the Coupé and Convertible in M Sport guise are good looking in an odd kind of way.

A 350hp+ Coupé with a manual gearbox, sports exhaust and a similar level of equipment to the original M3 sounds superb. A stripped out CSL limited edition for around £40k would be even better.

JT.

7 October 2010

Re the headline, how would you tease a 1 Series M Coupe?

You're really a Rover 35 underneath, aren't you?

That Focus RS is much faster for less money?

My MINI has more room in the back, you know?

7 October 2010

From these little peaks under a cover this car could be very good to look at, the color looks exciting too, but it's the price, isn't it, if it treads on the toes of other BMW M cars, what will BMW do?.

Peter Cavellini.

7 October 2010

I really dislike the quad exhaust thing on all M cars. It's saying 'look how many exhaust ports I have! I must be really fast!'. It's the sort of thing a child would draw, and lacks class. I much prefer the more modest exhausts of the 335i/d. I really wish they'd gone that way with the 1-M. Shame.

7 October 2010

Not sure how interesting this car actually is when I just found myself staring at the model in the pictures as opposed to the car!

Quite predictable I reckon - it looks like a normal 1 series coupe, give it slightly wider arches and M Sport kit. Wow, didn't see that one coming!

7 October 2010

[quote riverman76]I much prefer the more modest exhausts of the 335i/d.[/quote] I feel your pain man. Unfortunately this is the trend. I hope it at least stays this way. You can get a quad pipe exhaust on a Skoda Superb nowadays which I think is too much - not understated at all. But more worryingly even Alpina has ditched the understatement of a discrete dual tip exhaust on the left side (on the old B10 V8) for a quad pipe exhaust on the B3S and B5. And Alpina were masters IMO in creating understated monsters. So I guess this trend will stay. But I am quite confident that if interested there will be an aftermarket setup with dual oval pipes coming. Now that would look lovely IMO - not so much "in your face".

7 October 2010

Ooh, I haven't a clue what it will look like from these pictures! Oh, please.

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